Questions are like ice cream.
They come in many flavors.
They come as analytical, rhetorical and logical, to name a few.
The logical ones are the most fun and baffling though. No one seems to be able to come up with an answer.
The classic is, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
That one has been kicked around for so long, that tree has been burned as firewood and has had a few great grandsaplings since it was first asked.
But maybe it’s time to update that philosophical idea for a moment.
Let me offer this …
If a baseball team in the South Atlantic League wins the league title and no one sees it, does it make a difference?
And for that matter, did it really happen?
That one probably won’t get pondered much, but it could become a reality with the Hagerstown Suns.
The Suns are probably the best team that no one has seen. The attendance figures rank among the worst in all of baseball.
They have a chance of sweeping the SAL’s Northern Division half-season titles, and are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs for the sixth time in their 21 years in the league. It will be only the 10th time Hagerstown has made the playoffs in the 33-year Suns era.
By record, the 2013 team stands to be at least the fifth-best to wear Hagerstown across its chest. The Suns have a shot to give the Hagerstown franchise an almost-unheard-of third straight division title in the last two years.
And yet, there are very few who probably can name anyone on the roster. Suns baseball cards have little rectangles across the eyes because they may as well be playing in the witness protection program.
Hagerstown’s championship teams have been sprinkled with stars. The 1986 Suns — which own the franchise’s best record — went to the playoffs and had 14 players reach the major leagues, including Hagerstown’s own Mick Billmeyer as a coach.
This team might never be as accomplished, but it has shown teamwork and fundamentals exhibited by champions.
The other day, someone observed that if Hagerstown would have taken the time to follow this team, it would have really liked these Suns. They represent some of the city’s attributes.
Neither is flashy, but both work hard and are gritty.